Apologies for the extended absence, which unfortunately will extend to this weekend. I’m back from my peregrinations, but somehow failed to locate the broadcast of this game until the final minutes. What was that sport being shown on CSN? It was nearly as slow as watching Andrew Bogut walk up court.
Or trying to load the last thread. Thanks to all those continuing to participate in Warriors talk as I — like Duncan, Garnett, Lebron and Wade — rest up for the playoffs.
Wow, what an incredible win by the Warriors against a Rockets team that I had all but decided they could never beat. I was so amazed that as soon as the game was over, I rewound the tape and watched the whole thing again.
This is what I believe happened: Quite obviously, this was Bogut’s best game of the season. But not so obviously, the Warriors coaches made a major adjustment on offense that was hugely effective in integrating Bogut with this Warriors team. And then there was Klay Thompson’s superb game going head to head with James Harden. Continue reading
Nothing like a couple of home games against wretched teams to cure what ails the Warriors. The Knicks without Amare and with Melo on one leg, and the Pistons without… eh, it doesn’t even matter who they were without. They’re the Greg Monroe Pistons. Soft as a marshmallow, and about as quick as one too. Continue reading
Ever see a performance like that one? 54 points on 28 shots. 11 straight threes. Midrange wizardry off the dribble. Driving layups finished with both hands. Perfect from the free throw line. 7 assists playing with a lineup of rookies, washed up vets, and backups. 6 rebounds on a night when they didn’t come easy (Tyson Chandler, 28). 3 steals. Continue reading
I think I saw some new themes emerging as the Warriors faced their first stiff competition since the return of the prodigal big man. But it’s probably unfair to get into them too much at this time. Road blowouts happen in the NBA, particularly in February, and particularly heading into the all-star break. Let’s leave this on simmer for now, and wait for a few more ingredients to throw themselves into the pot.
I’ll restrict myself to a few observations. Continue reading
I’ve now been to two Warriors games this season, and in both games Andrew Bogut has played.
What are the odds? Continue reading
A few short days after I watched the Lakers compete hard against the Miami Heat, took a look at the Warriors schedule, and pronounced that the Warriors still have a tough road ahead to make the playoffs, I’m ready to take it all back. This Warriors team is going to the playoffs. Guaranteed. Continue reading
It’s never easy to go into Denver and get a win. Particularly against this Denver team, which just got Wilson Chandler back. Chandler is one of my favorite players in the NBA, a world-class defender of three positions, as well as a versatile scorer. A true Nellieball two-way wing. Continue reading
There are plenty of reasons to discount this Warriors win over the Clippers. I sensed this would be a blowout before it happened, and missed an opportunity to make myself look good by predicting it in the last thread. I have noticed before that when teams come off a long winning streak, they often suffer a sustained letdown. This was also a road back-to-back. The Clippers were without Caron Butler, which threw off their normal rotation and further sapped their energy. And they are certainly looking ahead to the Lakers on Friday. Continue reading
My schedule has been a bit crazy this holiday season, and will be through New Years, so please forgive the abbreviated recaps.
The most notable thing about this Sixers game is that Mark Jackson corrected his error of the Lakers game, benched his conventional centers in the fourth quarter, and went back to the crunchtime Nellieball lineup that has been responsible for so many wins this season. Continue reading